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Changing Lives Foundation | Joe & Judy Herzanek

Helping Friends & Families Changing Lives Foundation is a Colorado Nonprofit Organization providing hope and help for families struggling with addiction, alcoholism or substance abuse.

We provide guidance with clear, concise information—on substance abuse, drug addiction and alcoholism. Perhaps more importantly, we focus on how families recover from these problems. By partnering with organizations across the USA to provide resources (books, CDs, DVDs and workshops), we help educate families and friends who are searching for answers. We provide phone counseling on a very limited basis to family members.

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We are convinced that people can recover and make dramatic changes in their lives.

Joe Herzanek is a man who battled his own demons of addiction over thirty years ago. Joe’s own life struggles and practical advice offer hope and solutions to those living amidst the turmoil of someone’s alcohol and drug abuse. From age 13 to 29, Joe battled his own drug and alcohol addiction—finally receiving treatment. He now has over 33 years of abstinence from substances. Treatment gave him the information and structure needed to begin his journey of recovery. Joe expresses his words of encouragement when he says,

I know people can change. If I can do it, anyone can! Addiction is not a hopeless situation. Addicts and alcoholics aren’t crazy, and they CAN quit.
Joe Herzanek is the president and founder of Changing Lives Foundation and currently serves as Chaplain at the Boulder County Jail (Boulder, CO). He previously spent over twenty years working in the criminal justice system as the Chaplain at various Colorado Criminal Justice Facilities and as a Certified Addiction Professional. Joe is the former host of Recovery Television and Eye on Addiction Radio, speaker, producer of several DVDs, including “The 10 Toughest Questions Families and Friends Ask About Addiction and Recovery” and author of the award-winning book “Why Don't They Just Quit? What families and friends need to know about addiction and recovery.”
Joe and his wife Judy have three (adult) children, Jami, Jake, and Jessica, and enjoy the beautiful Colorado outdoors with their two Cairn Terriers, Lewis and Clark.


Joe’s passion is to help men and women who are struggling with addiction, as well as providing answers and solutions to family and friends who are searching for ways to help their loved-one begin the road to recovery.

Joe Herzanek Credentials

Colorado State Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor: CAC II Workshops and phone consultations with author/addiction counselor Joe Herzanek | Specialized to your unique situation

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Changing Lives Foundation Reviews:

I want to encourage everyone to sign up for this mailing list. I am the pickiest person I know about getting bombarded with emails, and Changing Lives Foundation will not overload your email box! The newsletters have helpful, easy to read articles that are amazingly timely. You will learn something new from each one.
— Julie Jordan-Wade  
Reading the stories from the newsletters helped me to understand that I was not losing my mind.  They let me have more patience and understanding about our situation, helped me realize that I was not always wrong (as I was told I was), and even helped me be more firm with my decisions when I finally decided that I was not going to deal with this any longer. Please continue your work as I’m sure you've helped, and will continue to help, many people in similar situations.
FYI, my husband switched from Oxycontin and hydrocodone (among other things) to Suboxone as part of his recovery.  He continued to drink.  From my point of view, the cure was worse than the opiates were.  Although I ended up getting a divorce and a domestic violence restraining order against him, I know there’s a nice man in there somewhere. 
Because of the understanding I gained by reading your newsletters, I don't hate him and hope that he will someday acknowledge to himself that he turned down the wrong road and will then take steps to get back on the right path, without me. Thanks again for publishing your helpful words.
— Shannan S.
For families and friends of those struggling with addiction we offer the following support:
  • Books & DVDs

    Answers and solutions not found in any other books on addiction and recovery. Instant purchase and streaming available!
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  • Phone Counseling

    Drug addiction phone counseling for families dealing with substance abuse.
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  • FREE Email Newsletters

    Packed with articles, tips, news, real stories, “Ask Joe” & special offers. Use the easy form in our sidebar to sign up.
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  • Blog

    Providing substance abuse help to families in need with over 30 years of real-life, hands-on experience and success.
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  • Facebook Page

    Shared messages and relevant links allow readers to stay connected and realize that you are not alone.
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  • Speaking Engagements

    Presentations packed with straightforward, practical answers from a professional who personally understands the powerful grip of addiction.
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  •   1543 Alpine Avenue
         Berthoud, CO 80513
  •   303.775.6493
  • whydonttheyjustquit@gmail.com
  • International fellowships offering strength, support and hope.

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Refund & Exchange Policy

Changing Lives Foundation will gladly refund the purchase price of any materials for any reason no questions asked.


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